Is the Senior Real Estate Specialist for me?

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Real Estate Agent with Sky Realty South Austin

OK all you wise ActiveRain folks, I could really use your honest opinions here... I have been seriously thinking about getting a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation.  I have been thinking about this for some time and I wonder if it would be worth the extra cost.  I am never against additional education, but I do tire of repetition of course work.

With the populace of the US growing older these babyboomers need to sell their 2 story larger homes and many are looking to downsize in homes, one story has become the favored around these parts.  So tell me ARlanders.. what say you? Do you have additional designations and do you find they bring home more dollars per year? Would you do it again if you know now what you didn't know then?

I don't think the 15 hours of classroom time is very much for the SRES designation, actually the $300 isn't too much money either, then why am I procrastinating?  I guess I just want affirmation that it is a good choice. 

 Here in Texas we have to have about 270 hours of classroom education to get a license, currently, plus of course keep up with Ethics and Legal classes to keep our NAR designation as a Realtor. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Shirley Parks
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Homes
Sands Realty 210-414-0966

Hi Gail, I have noticed more people getting this designation lately and I plan on getting it, too.  It's a good idea.

December 01, 2008 07:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Ricki Eichler
Broker,GRI,ABR,TAHS,ePRO - Your Texas Hill Country
Ricki Eichler Real Estate LLC

Hi Gail,   I think it would be a wise investment for you not only for the knowledge but for the marketing advantage as well.

December 01, 2008 11:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Laura Giannotta
Your Realtor Down the Shore!
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore

I've thought about it.  But this year I decided on the ABR, Accredited Buyers Representative, designation which I highly recommend!

Laura G

December 02, 2008 07:01 AM
Rainer
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South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin

Thanks for the comments to all... overall the designation is deemed to be worthy it seems, I have marked my calendar and I will let ya'll know how it goes.  The class is not scheduled here til March so I have some time to decide for sure.

December 02, 2008 07:22 AM
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Melody Botting
Melody Botting Real Estate Network

I have taken the class but it has been a few years ago.  It really helps you 'think' about the needs of older or retired buyers.  Your clients will be better served by it.

December 02, 2008 08:25 AM
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